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How to spend a weekend in National Landing — that doesn’t involve going to D.C.


Washington, D.C. is a collection of communities with incredible food scenes, rich cultural makeups, and history just about everywhere you look. It’s a place where vastly conflicting ideologies can exist, where handshake agreements can shape the fate of democracy, and where people of all creeds can coexist — and have a great time doing it.

Across the Potomac River from D.C., however, sits a different kind of city. Whereas Washington, D.C. is built on the past, National Landing was built for the future. National Landing houses tech giants as well as Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus — a graduate research facility for those dreaming up the next big thing. Common at National Landing takes inspiration from its innovative surroundings, offering members an alternative to traditional apartment living.

A long list of amenities, attainable rates, and a prime location means Common members can get the most out of living in National Landing–and while D.C. is just a short train ride away, good times can be had without ever setting foot in Washington. Here’s how to spend a great weekend in National Landing — without crossing the Potomac.

Friday night: Dinner and drinks

Clock out, head back to Common at National Landing, and let’s get this weekend started. Just a five minute walk from Common, The Freshman makes for a great first stop. Whether your move is steak frites with a dirty martini or a lentil burger with a dirty chai, The Freshman is sure to please. Stay for another drink at The Freshman, or grab a bottle of wine from Crystal City Wine Shop on your way back to Common at National Landing (to be enjoyed on your outdoor deck, of course!) and wind down the evening your way.

Saturday: Sweat and shop

Start your morning with a sweat in Common at National Landing’s wellness studio, then pop over to Commonwealth Joe for a fall-favorite pumpkin cookie butter latte or a tried-and-true cold brew. Grab one of their pastries before heading to the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, one of Arlington’s premier shopping destinations. Once you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve (almost) dropped, replenish your energy at sweetgreen before grabbing some groceries for a nice home-cooked meal back at Common at National Landing’s chef-grade kitchen. Save us a plate!

Sunday: reach for the sky (or at least the next hold)

Tech moguls and innovators aren’t the only people in National Landing reaching for the sky. In fact, only a couple blocks from Common at the city’s largest climbing gym, Earth Treks, just about anyone can ascend. With over 35,000 square feet and 350 routes, Earth Treks accommodates all climbers and is the perfect way to spend a Sunday in National Landing. Put in your headphones and do some solo bouldering, or rope in (no pun intended) some fellow Common members for a group climbing session. The best part? You’ll get a great workout without even realizing it, and you might even find a new hobby in the process.

Members at Common at National Landing know that the perfect weekend is always within arms reach. Explore our home in this one-of-a-kind neighborhood, and see how Common is innovating city-living.

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